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Last reply 1/25/2017 - 7:03am
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I am wondering if htere is anyone on this site that has had the immunotherapy comibnation of yervoy and opdivo for ocular melanoma.  I have read posts of skin melanoma with mets who had the treatment, but I am wondering about the eye since I willbe starting that immunotherapy combo soon.

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Dear all,
I have the following question to community:
I have melanoma (Braf mutation) and now I have metastasis in spine L2.
Doctor has advised to make Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) in L2
with the following dosage : 5 fractions with 4 Gray per fraction (20 total)
From my searching via internet it’s not enough in case of melanoma, I mean dose per fraction and total dose.
Did someone have that experience with radiotherapy in spine?
Pls advice

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Recently diagnosed with melonoma. It has been removed however tumor was 4.7 mm mitosis was 7 not ulcerated and margin cleared by 0.3 mm. Seen oncologist and had fine needle as I have swollen node and shows cancer from pathology report. Nov 4th under going wide excision to clean up neck get more margin and SLN biospy removing all nodes on left side of neck where original melonoma detected. Well I am scared. My name is Lisa 3o have a family and now after this I have just stopped everything. Depressed anxiety you name it. My biggest fear is dying funny I work as a personal support worker.

They haven't given me a stage however I have been reading and if it's in nodes I am stage 3 I guess I'm confused some say two some say three from what I read. So far organs are OK no spread at this time.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Thank you

Lisa McCann

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Last reply 9/6/2016 - 6:22am
Replies by: Anonymous, Vrsomerset, Adam-MRF

I was disgnosised with chorodial melanoma 2 weeks ago and had plaque therapy last week.  My regular eye doctor is excellent and has been keeping a close eye on the nevus for years.  It was removed this past Monday.  I'm being treated at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.  I'm very scared that I may lose my eye and of the cancer spreading.  I had the biopsy done but don't have the results yet.  The tumor was small and they say the results of my treatment should be good.  There's not much information out there to read up on and I have no one to talk to about my fears and how they've made out.  Any help and info from other CM folks is appreciated.  Thank you, Vicki


Vicki spisso

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Last reply 8/27/2016 - 2:41am
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My mom is scheduled to begin (in 2 weeks) a clinical trial with Ipi (Yervoy)/Nivo (Opdivo) injections... from what i understand, it's pretty toxic and the side effects are quite severe.  Can anyone attest to this?  Are the side effects as severe as it seems?

Also, just wondering if anyone has tried Adoptive T-cell Therapy instead of Ipi/Nivo?  T-cell therapy seems less toxic and more specific to the individual, given that it uses the person's DNA.  Does it take too long to get this type of treatment set up?  (My mom is Stage IV metastatic ocular melanoma in her lungs).

Alternatively, are IL treatments equally as toxic as Ipi/Nivo?  are those treatments as effective?



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Last reply 5/16/2016 - 5:17pm
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I´ve just been diagnosed with chroroidal melanoma one week ago.

It has had a very hard impact on me during the first two days, I just felt like I´m gonna die right away.

I actually went to the doc

For every one, every day could be the last day - just make the best of every single minute :D


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I was diagnosed with a medium choidal melanoma in 2001 and had plaque radiation at the beginning of 2002.  From that point forward, the tumor shrunk slowly (which the doctor said was good) and had remained shrunk all these years.  I had appointments for check ups every 6 months.  My liver functions tests were good.  I had a chest xpray and ultrssound of the liver 2 weeks ago.  The chest x-ray was fine.  The liver ultrssound showed something vague and ill-defined on the left lobe of the liver.  So, I had an MRi where they did two different kinds of contrasts (first one was blurry).  That showed some very small spots on the left lobe of the liver.  My doctor spoke with the radiologist before my appt with her, and she said he was unable to determine what they were.  So, now I am havinga pet scan.  I am scared and concened.  I was shocked at myeye cancer doctor's appointment toeven hear there was anything as I feel great and have no symptoms of anyting, other than a nervous sstomach which is something I alwasy get if upset.  Has anyone had anything similar?  HELP!

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Last reply 5/7/2016 - 12:56pm
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Hi there,

My question to you is: how did you find out you had OM? Did you notice a spot on your eye, or was it a different experience?

For the record, I am not diagnosed with anything. I am hoping this stays that way. However, 6 months or so ago I noticed there was a spot on the white of my left eye. Never thought much of it at the time. What got me to start thinking was that for months and months now I have been having recurring dreams telling me I have cancer. The dreams have been becoming more direct. 3 dreams involving melanoma. A dream voice saying specifically to me "You have a melanoma."


This started making me wonder if this could actually be possibility. So I looked over my moles and such, and scheduled my routine derm appt, which was a month overdue (I am 31, and have to have derm appts every 4 months due to multiple precancerous moles, living in south Florida, and being very fair skinned). I didn't notice any unusual moles, but I did notice that black spot on my eye again. It's the size of a mechanical pencil head. Called my doc, and they completed my authorization to see an eye doctor within an hour. Appts in 2 days. I am really nervous... Hopefully this is just nothing.


Thanks for reading. Anyone willing to share their diagnosis experiences?


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I'm a newbie here. I was diagnosed with subungual melanoma in 2006 and had to have my toe amputated. I have been clear since, but I have this lump in my groin which has been worrying me. I'm going to see my dermatologist next week. The thing is today, the lump feels smaller, does this mean no need to get checked? As i assume the fact it has got smaller, means it's nothing serious?? 

Thanks xx

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Hi guys ,

My brother did MI profile and he needs to receive Zelboraf or Taflinar. Actually my brother lives in Egypt and he does not has insurance so we can not afford the drug's price. Also the drug does not licensed yet in middle east. Do you still have the extra doses and I wonder if you could help me ? I have all medical reports and the result of MI profile that did in Caris life science Lab in USA. I spend last month searching for any financial assistance program for my brother in USA but they only accept U.S resident .  Note:  live in USA.


Thank you , I am looking forward to hearing form you soon.

Mai Said

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Last reply 3/8/2016 - 2:07pm

So my life has been on standstill for the moment due to melanoma. i just found out today that I have melanoma. I have the copy of the report and the specialist said that it is very early, thin, and easily curable. I have the melanoma on my scalp. The report states "pT1a, mitotic rate is 0 per mm sq. and it is 0.30 mm thick." I am effing scared. The survival rate, I was told was very high, but since it is locate on the scalp, my fear is brain cancer. I will see my derm again tomorrow for a full body skin check, and I will see a physician for an annual physical. I will tell the derm many questions, and I will ask the regular physician to draw blood out for any signs of cancer, and I will do like CT Scans, MRI's, just to be safe. The specialist said it has not even spread. But I want to be safe. I am still hella scared out of my mind and obsessing about a blurry future.I am a full time University student, and healthy. Sorry if I am overreacting, but I am scared. Coming from personal stories, is there a chance that this melanoma would come back, and eventually spread? If so, what is the survival rate?

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Last reply 3/2/2016 - 1:28am
Replies by: Anonymous, Jessica666, ljohnston


I know that my question is probably impossible to answer, I know what's melanoma like, that every single patient reacts differently, so I am rather looking for advice and tips that could be useful for our decision.
Long story short, my father was diagnosed in November last year, when he had two operations. After that, he had no therapy and by the end of January, mets spread to the whole body(it happened really quickly, in two weeks maybe). All that happend, because doctors promised him to enter clinical trial, but delayed the process, apparently on purpose, until mets appeared, so he became uneligible for the trial - which eventualy made us buy Zelboraf on our own, as we live in freaking Serbia, where advanced melanoma is not treated at all, except using chemo, which is ridiculous in my humble opinion.
Now, after 5 months of Zelboraf therapy (which was btw really efficient, he responded better than average), tumor markers are rising again from day to day, and I think we will need a new option very soon. We heard about TIL in Manchester, it's cheaper than in usa and Israel, so we might get money for that, and are considering that option. Second option is to start buying Keytruda, we would be able to collect funds for 6-7-8 months maybe. Tricky part is that, whatever we choose, it would leave us with no money, in deep debts, and without chance for further actions, so this seems like a really hard decision. There is third option, as we could get antiPD1 for frer here if my father goes through Ipilimumab treatment first, but it is really hard to find trials for ipi, and it is way to expensive for us to buy it.

In the end, just to add that we also considered going to Israel, Tel Aviv, to Ella Clinics on Sheba Medical Center (dr. Schachter), because we heard that they are really good in Melanoma treatment, but are unsure of therapy prices there. I know that TIL there is around $200,000 and that is out our league, and cost of one doctors examination is around $5000, which is also a lot. However, I have heard that they are willing to find clinical trials for their patients, and that you can go there every 3-4 weeks and pay just for examinations/consultations, but I don't know if it is true.

If anyone has any advice on what to do or not to to, what to take into consideration, it would mean a lot to us.

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Hello, I am based in the UK and was diagnosed with choroidal melanoma on monday - a medium to large tumour. I would like to understand other people's experience of brachytherapy - in particular:

1. what "quality" of eye life people now enjoy post brachytherapy. by which i mean not just % vision (i have been told the surgeon thinks they could save 70% of my vision) but the experience of life - how much maintenance does the eye take, do you see stars or colours v differently, what are the issues with a post brachytherapy eye.


2. the risk of complications and what complications people have experienced, My family has a history of glaucoma and retinal detachment in any case (not experienced by me to date)


I am 51, fit and otherwise very healthy. I do not yet have the results of the PET and MRI scans done earlier this week.

I don't know whether its possible to talk oh the phone to people who have had this treatment. I am getting a second opinion via phone/email with the Shields at Willseye early next week. 

Thank you very much. 



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